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~ A video presentation by Monrovia Rotary Club and League of Women Voters on the propositions on the 2014 ballot: ~ A group of Monrovians is petitioning to "Stop the McMansionization of Monrovia." - Brad Haugaard

~ A video presentation by Monrovia Rotary Club and League of Women Voters on the propositions on the 2014 ballot:

~ A group of Monrovians is petitioning to "Stop the McMansionization of Monrovia."

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Rotary, LWV on Ballot Propositions | 'McMansionization'

~ A video presentation by Monrovia Rotary Club and League of Women Voters on the propositions on the 2014 ballot:

~ A group of Monrovians is petitioning to "Stop the McMansionization of Monrovia."

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Helping Hands Thrift Store Celebrates First Anniversary With Sale

To celebrate its one year anniversary, Helping Hands Store and Donation Center (925 W. Foothill) is holding a celebration this Saturday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Free food, beverages, and raffles every hour and 55% percent off everything. Source: press release

- Brad Haugaard

Confusion About Effect of Making Mountains Into a National Monument

Confusion about what it means for parts of the San Gabriel Mountains to be a National Monument ( ): Possible effect on water supplies if San Gabriel River is included in the area (and from the White House map, it appears to be included), land usage may be "altered," possible new fees.

Comment: As I've noted, it does not seem to directly affect Monrovia, as the wretchedly small-scale map released by the White House ( ) seems to indicate the south border of the National Monument is the Rincon Road ridgeline far north of the city.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony

The annual Christmas tree lighting and parade will be held on Thursday, December 4 starting at 6 p.m. for the tree lighting at Library Park, on the corner of Myrtle and Lime. Then the parade will begin at 7 p.m., traveling north on Myrtle from Chestnut to Palm. The theme is "Home for the Holidays" and is sponsored by the Monrovia Old Town merchants.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Beats South Pas 32-6

Monrovia over South Pasadena in football.

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Pho on Lemon

Lunch at Pho on Lemon, just east of Myrtle on Lemon. Got the chicken curry for $8.50 and an iced tea for 99 cents. A generous amount of chicken. 

- Brad Haugaard

All Street Crossings Finished for Gold Line | Native Plant Sale

~ The Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority announced today that has completed all 14 street-level crossings for the project. The final grade crossing work, at Mountain Ave, was completed this week - three months ahead of schedule. The Construction Authority announced earlier that it had also completed all the track for the project.

~ Native Plant Sale in Library Park Nov. 15

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Backyard Bears Forum

A video report on the Bears in My Backyard event in Monrovia.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Pet Food Drive | Make a Difference Day | Delayed Graduation | Holiday Brunch | Dia de los Muertos | Miravet

~ Pet food drive this Saturday, Oct. 25, at Library Park. Unopened cans and bags of dog and cat food. Call 256-8187 for details. Hosted by Volunteer Center of San Gabriel Valley and Foothill Unity Center.

~ Make a Difference Day volunteers meeting this Saturday at Library Park for community clean-up projects in Monrovia and the valley. Contact Penny Arroyo to register:

~ Monrovian Toshio Asano finally got his Associate Degree from Citrus College. He missed graduation because he was interned during World War II.

~ Monrovia's Maryknoll Sisters will hold a holiday brunch, bake sale and boutique Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.. Adults $15, children under 12, $7. 300 Norumbega Drive. For information call 358-1825.

~ Dia de los Muertos, Sunday Nov. 2 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Live Oak Memorial Park, 200 East Duarte Road.

~ Monrovia water polo player Jacob Miravet.

- Brad Haugaard

Sidewalk, Curb Work Beginning Around Monrovia's Station Square

Construction on sidewalks, curbs and gutters around new Station Square area Monday, Oct. 27, to Friday Oct. 31. Work hours 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Work is on Duarte (between California and Magnolia), Pomona (between Myrtle and Magnolia), Magnolia (between Evergreen and railroad crossing), Primrose (south of Evergreen).

All lanes are expected to remain open to traffic, but drivers may expect temporary re-routing of lanes. Street parking will be limited during construction on these streets. Pedestrian traffic will also be re-routed when necessary for safety.

Street parking restrictions and pedestrian detours are expected to begin on Myrtle Ave starting November 3.

Source: City of Monrovia press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: 911 Center Upgraded; Red Ribbon Week

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for October 20-22 2014 . - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 378 service events, During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 378 service events, resulting in 62 investigations.

Monrovia Police Department 9-1-1 Communications Center Upgrade Completed 
On October 14, 2014, the upgrade to the Monrovia Police Communications 9-1-1 Center was completed. The upgrade included a new, state-of-the-art 9-1-1 phone system and new ergonomic dispatch consoles and chairs that were funded through the California Office of Emergency Management 9-1- 1 Program Office. In addition, the radio system was also upgraded. The Monrovia Police Department would like to thank the following police department and city employees for their hard work and extra effort given to help complete this upgrade: Jim Emett, Jeff Warmuth, Tim Blackburn, Shawn Cantine, Manny Garcia, and all of the Monrovia police dispatchers for their assistance during the design and equipment selection process.

Red Ribbon Week Reminds Parents to Talk to Your Kids About Drugs 
During the week of October 23 through 31, the Monrovia Police Department will celebrate Red Ribbon Week 2014 by wearing red ribbons on their uniforms. Red Ribbon Week is a national campaign to raise awareness about substance abuse among our youth and our communities. In 1985, DEA Agent Enrique, “Kiki,” Camarena was murdered by a drug cartel. To honor his memory and to show support that we will continue the fight against illegal drugs, Monrovia Police Officers will wear red ribbons as part of our uniform. Monrovia schools have passed out red bracelets to children to encourage kids to support the fight against illegal drugs, alcohol, and tobacco use.

Monrovia-Based Upper San Gabriel Water District Declares 'Water Emergency'

The Upper San Gabriel Water District, which is based in Monrovia and serves the city, among others, yesterday declared a "water emergency" because, among other things, water levels have reached "all time historic lows." Further, it demands the Metropolitan Water District "treat the Upper District fairly, consistently, and in the same manner that it treats all other member districts." You can see the whole resolution here, starting on page 15:

- Brad Haugaard

Man Pleads Not Guilty to Strangling Girlfriend in Monrovia

Joel Velasquez, accused of strangling his girlfriend in Monrovia, pleaded not guilty in Pasadena Superior Court.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Church Moving to Make Room for Wine Village

Calvary Chapel Monrovia will be moving. A staff report at the City Council meeting Tuesday said the church - near Myrtle on Evergreen on the south side of the 210, next to the Chevron station - is leasing its property from the city and will have to move to make way for the wine village the city has planned. The church's lease expires at the end of this month.

- Brad Haugaard

Battle Creek to Film in Monrovia Canyon Park

The television show Battle Creek apparently really likes Monrovia Canyon Park. Diane Delmatoff, in the Community Development Department, reports that the show will be filming in Canyon Park again on Thursday.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Council: Wine Village; Street Fair; Outage

At its meeting tonight the Monrovia City Council ...

~ Voted to approve an wine village down near the soon-to-come train station. Several representatives of CIBA Real Estate, which represents an alternative proposal, a hotel, argued that the process was not transparent. 

~ Asked staff to see if Family Festival Productions would accept a shorter contract for putting on the Friday Night Festival so the city can get proposals from more companies about putting on the festival and other events throughout the year. 

~ Heard a spokesman for Southern California Edison say the company is sorry about a Friday night power outage that took some merchants off line at 10 p.m. instead of midnight, when it was scheduled. Miscommunication, he said.
-Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Halloween Home

One of the more dramatic Halloween homes I've seen in town. 223 N. Canyon.

Brad Haugaard

Inauthentic Mexican Restaurant Opening in Monrovia

Devon Restaurant, on the north side of Lemon near Myrtle, has closed and is being replaced with Bull Taco, "inauthentic Mexican." Love it! I think most ethnic restaurants are inauthentic, and probably better for it, but nice to see someone just come out and say it. Put my nose to the window and looks like it's just days from opening. Thanks to Doran for the tip. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Evacuation of Monrovia's Canyon Oaks HS | Police Promoted

~ An ordor in the chemistry lab at Canyon Oaks High School forced an evacuation of the building today ( ). Update: It was pepper spray:

~ Mayor Mary Ann Lutz reports that three Monrovia police have been promoted: Nick Manfredi - Lieutenant; Heath Harvey - Sergeant; Rob Wilken - Sergeant.

- Brad Haugaard